Friday, December 11, 2020

Sleepless by Louise Mumford - Book Tour & Review


Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.


Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.

 So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.

 Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are locked away, even her shoes.

But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep…

 An unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller for fans of The OneBehind Her Eyes and Girl A!


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My Review
Sleepless is a psychological thriller that will have you on edge, precariously teetering as you follow Thea on her journey to discover the root of her sleep issues.
Thea suffers from insomnia. But not occasional bouts of sleeplessness; Thea hasn't slept for more than 3 hours (if she's lucky) for years. While I can relate to having insomnia, I, luckily, can manage to sleep (although not well) for more than 3 hours a night (but still less than the recommended 7-8). Being tired all the time sucks. And Thea learns that the hard way. 
The book opens with a car crash. Thea seems to float along through the aftermath of the accident, though, while her phone receives notifications about Morpheus, a sleep study that isn't like all the others. Eventually, Thea decides to try her luck with Morpheus, and that's when things get weird.
Thea's mother, who happens to be very interesting and entertaining (her first scene has her wearing a scarf with tiny vaginas on it), jokes that Morpheus is a cult, and that her daughter will soon be having orgies. Little does her mother know, a cult would probably be preferable to Morpheus.
There's a lot of creepy, unsettling stuff happening within the pages of this book. Is Thea hallucinating? Is it real? What, exactly, is going on with the island Morpheus is taking place on? 
I enjoyed the story, although it does tend to get a little mind-bendingly futuristic at times, and closer to the end is a little hard to follow, but overall, this isn't a bad debut. It's tense. It's claustrophobic. It's strange. I liked it. 
If you're looking for a thriller that has a very relatable theme (insomnia), check out Sleepless. You won't be disappointed.
4 stars!

Author Bio –

Louise was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since.

She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)

In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.

Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.

Her debut thriller, SLEEPLESS, will be published by HQ on 11th Dec 2020.


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